Saturday, July 19, 2014

Do You Wonder?? A Bright Idea!

Time for another Bright Ideas linky! We're onto our 5th month and I have SOOOOOO many bright ideas lined up for when I get back into the classroom!

But, this week's bright idea I'm bringing you is one of my FAVS. I'm actually reading the book "Reading in the Wild" by Donalyn Miller and SHE even mentions it. AMAZING.
Do you ever WONDER something and hope to find the answer? For example, do you ever wonder what gluten is, how mountains are made, how dynamite works, or how fireflies glow?? Well, I've got the site for you!
Cue Wonderopolis. Wonderopolis is one of those amazing sites you just happen to come upon and it turns out to be fantastic and something that your students ask if you can do every. single. day. 

Wonderopolis is a website created by the National Center for Family Learning (NCFL). It's a website where "natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages." 

The cool thing about Wonderopolis is that it aligns in the following ways:
-with Common Core State Standards
-with STEM Standards
-with Bloom's Taxonomy

A website that covers ALL that AND it intrigues children? Win, win! 
Wonderopolis also has a random "wonder of the day" that you and your students could read, question, analyze, and discuss each and every day. It changes and you NEVER know what's next, unless you take the vote on what the wonder of the day should be!

This website is intended to be an interactive, engaging site and I personally feel that they've achieved it! It's not only geared towards students - it's great for parents, educators, and administrators alike!

Have you ever used Wonderopolis? Go head on over and play around - you never know what you'll discover!

If you liked this bright idea, be sure to check out the other bright ideas listed below! And, check out my Pinterest page for more bright ideas!


7 comments:

  1. This site will be perfect for my homeroom discussions this year! Thanks for sharing :)
    Kate
    http://katesclassroomcafe.blogspot.com

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  2. That looks awesome! My wheels are turning :)

    Little In Betweens
    (formerly Teach on a Limb)

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    1. I hope your students enjoy it!! You'll have to let me know what you do with it!

      Sara

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  3. Thanks Sara!! I am excited to check this out :)
    Em
    Curious Firsties

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    1. You'll have to let me now what you think once you start using it!! :)

      Sara

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  4. Wow! What a cool site! I just posted about class meetings using "I wonder". I wonder (lol) if I could use this site to spark other conversations. Thanks so much for sharing Sara!

    :) Shelley
    The Write Stuff Teaching

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    1. TOO funny, Shelley! I hope your students enjoy the website if you DO end up using it (and I recommend you at least try it)!

      Sara

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